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With the arrival of the new Sports Centre and a home Roses to look forward to in May, 2011-12 is looking set to be a big year for sport at Lancaster. The opportunity to get involved with sport this year is not to be missed, whether that involves playing sport for your college, the University, or by simply going down to the pitches to lend your support.
There is a wide variety of sports clubs on offer, from Korfball to Canoeing, so be sure to get yourselves down to Freshers’ Fair to find out more! Many of our clubs compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS ) league competitions against other universities. There is also of course plenty of college sport you can get involved with. Football, netball, pool and darts are all played competitively at college level. The Carter Shield is also another way to represent your college in a variety of events, as is the Legends Shield for Pendle, Fylde and County, and Founders for Bowland and Lonsdale students.
Roses is always a fantastic sporting occasion, and this year Lancaster will be desperate to reclaim the Carter-James trophy with home advantage giving us the best possible chance. I was part of the SCAN team that went down to York for last year’s tournament and was amazed by the amount of support Lancaster enjoyed at many events. With Roses being at home this year, I am sure that support will increase and we will be able to drown out the dulcet tones of the York fans.
To achieve victory at Roses, one thing we do need is a good sporting season in the run-up, and that means Lancaster needs the best athletes it can muster. So get involved in sport this year and join the cause! Who knows, we could be on the verge of a hugely successful sporting year at the University.